Out of the blue, the postal person delivered a card the other day. It was from the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop to notify me of their upcoming shop on June 6-8, 2014, in Carson City, Nevada. I appreciate getting this information, although I have no plans to attend this year. Maybe they included me in their address list as a good candidate for more education in this line of endeavor, and I can readily understand that. I would be the first one to admit that I sorely need something like this, but courses like this are usually too costly for my pocketbook.
Poets and Writers magazine contains a lot of ads for courses like this and MFA studies, all of which makes interesting reading for some folks but not me until I hit the lottery. The issue of May/June 2014 also has a guide to Free Writing contests, which would be more up my alley if only I had more time to write a short story or poem. I think later on in the year, I'll be able to devote some time for just such an enterprise as I finish my present project. I will put this item on my handy bookshelf
for now, but if you are interested in sending some work to a contest or two, this issue is your baby.